The only thing shocking about this tepid, tired thriller is just how drearily predictable it turns out to be. Amanda Seyfried ("Les Miserables") stars as an anxiety-plagued waitress who may or may not have freed herself from a would-be abductor a year prior, and now fears this real-or-imagined bad guy has snatched her sister. This means a great deal of running around soggy Oregon, borrowing cars, waving guns and hallucinating. It's all much ado about nothing, as the film wraps up in an utterly predictable fashion that makes all the desperate movement that comes before it seem calculated to distract us from gaping holes in the plot. Seyfried isn't interesting or charismatic enough to make us care whether her character is sane, crazy, or just asking for a local policeman to put a bullet through her out of sheer frustration. Wes Bentley, largely wasted, is so pointlessly spineless we half expect he'll emerge as a far more twisted character -- but no, he's just pathetic. With a title like "Gone," this project seems as if it was created for the simple pleasure of making punny headlines about how lousy it is. Still, that might be giving this mess more credit than it deserves.
- Liane Bonin Starr